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New HIV infections worry activists and officials in Zimbabwe
September 09, 2013
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HIV prevalence rate is continuing its downward trend and stands
currently around 13 percent but estimates show that at least 200
people are contracting the deadly virus daily in the country.
Most of the
affected, according to health experts, are in the 15 to 49 age group.
an HIV/Aids symposium in Harare Monday, UNAIDS Country Co-ordinator
in Zimbabwe, Michael Bartos, said most of the people being infected
daily are young women whom he says may be having sex with older
men due to economic reasons.
Chief executive Dr. Tapuwa Magure of the National
Aids Council said Zimbabwe is making efforts to achieve zero
new infections, zero deaths and zero discriminations despite the
new daily infections.
look at those figures, we feel they are going down everyday as we
aim to eradicate HIV and Aids from our communities," said Dr.
people were being infected with the virus every day, according to
Dr. Magure said the HIV situation in the country has improved tremendously
since 2004 when the country adopted its national anti-retroviral
He said since 2004 the number of people accessing life-saving drugs
under the anti-retroviral therapy program, has increased from 5,000
to more than 600,000.
Dr. Magure said the National Aids Council spends 60 percent of the
AIDS levy on the life-saving drugs. The Global Fund and foreign
governments also help in paying for the drugs, he said.
An estimated 1.3 million people live with HIV/Aids in Zimbabwe and
more than half of them are women.
The two-day symposium, organized by the Zimbabwe
Lawyers for Human Rights, is discussing the promotion of human
rights in healthcare and access to treatment, among other issues.
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